Pedestrian Master Plan
The Pedestrian Master Plan will help us improve walking conditions for pedestrians, and help us promote walking as a safe and sustainable form of transportation.
The plan makes sidewalk installation projects a priority, and proposes new planning, design, and maintenance policies.
Read the plan in detail
Why this plan was developed
Because the District was developed during the '50s and '60s, when the primary way to get around was by car, we have a limited number of sidewalks.
This lack of sidewalks, combined with barriers to crossing streets (such as streams or highways), unsafe street crossings, lack of lighting in some areas, and sidewalks too close to moving traffic, have meant that many people choose not to walk.
The Pedestrian Master Plan will help us meet our objective of ensuring safe and comfortable opportunities to walk are available through the community for a variety of trips.
How this plan was developed
The plan was developed by Opus International, a consulting firm. As part of their work, they:
- reviewed relevant technical literature, including District documents, design best practices, and emerging trends and innovations
- interviewed nine other municipalities to compare practices and policies
- consulted the public through meetings and a web-based survey
Key recommendations in the plan
The plan establishes a ‘sidewalk priority index’ that assigns a score for each potential location for a new or extended sidewalk, as well as a prioritized list of sidewalk improvements with cost estimates.
In addition, the plan contains a number of recommendations:
- Reduce the number of pedestrian-related collisions by half by 2018
- Work with schools (both public and private) to make safety improvements to school routes
- Establish a program to fund installation of our highest priority sidewalk improvements, and complete all of those sidewalks within 20 years
- Create pedestrian priority areas within the emerging village and town centres
Read a full list of recommendations on page 87 of the complete report.